- Air Flights
Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
- Baz Bus Hop on Hop off
The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa.
It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
- Buy back Car Companies
Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
- Car Hire South Africa
There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa.
All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
- Long distance trains
Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
- Minibus taxis
Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.
Long Distance Buses
There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).
- Mainliner bus services
These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket.
“Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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A mouthwatering selection of adventures from the Coffee Shack…
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)
Funky Monkeys is a happy backpackers that’s easy to spend time in.
Glass blowing, arts, crafts and refreshment all under one roof.
Find this wonderful Montagu backpackers a short stroll from the centre of town.
(Montagu Western Cape,Overberg )
Go crazy at this new backpackers near Port St johns.
(Port St Johns,Wild Coast)
Kruger Inn Backpackers is a community inside a nature reserve, on the border of the Kruger National Park.
A fantastic place to stay in the centre of Sea Point.
(Sea Point,Cape Town)
The Growcery Camp lies between the rocky desolation of the Richtersveld and the mighty Orange River in the Northern Cape.
This Kimbeley backpackers lodge offers budget accommodation in extensive well wooded grounds.
This Backpackers is in Melville the vibrant and cultural hub of Jozi!